The church has given up the only power for leverage and change it has at its disposal, that is the cross, and has exchanged it for a share in the power of the emperor to bring about the moral, political, and social vision we deem Christian or reasonable . . . by law and, if need be, by force. We are willfully earthly, doing what all seek, exchanging one power (theirs) simply for another power (ours). The church has given up on the only means of displaying the power of the cross, that is, through the gathering of the saints in fellowships that have to work hard at unity (because it is an alien unity, wholly different than anything else known in the realms of humankind), whose congregants are neither female or male, slave or free, Jew or Gentile.
We must find a better, more wholly different way. We, the church, need to be wholly different.